Whether you’re adding a new bathroom to your home or remodeling an existing one, it’s important to make sure you plan carefully as bathrooms are long-term rather than short-term projects. You may refresh your living room every year, however, you won’t want to be doing the same with kitchens or bathrooms. Whether you carry out the work yourself or hire a contractor to do it for you, there are somecriticalpoints to bear in mind. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the cool bathroom of your dreams.
Protect your investment
Making improvements often means undertaking substantial alterations to your home, rather than simply refreshing the décor. It’s vital to take steps to protect the investment you are making. Whether you’re tacklingthe work yourself or using a contractor make sure that you have insurance coverage for common home repairs. You owe yourself the financial security of knowing that any unexpected problems will be covered. If you check out several home warranty companies, you should be able to identify one with great testimonials and an excellent company profile that meets your needs.
Once you know you’re covered for any repairs, you can begin by planning the layout of your new bathroom. When you’re moving furniture around a room, it’squite possible to try out a couch, for example, in one place and then decide later that it would be better positioned somewhere else. That is not the case in your bathroom, as the fixtures and fittings have to tie in with the plumbing system in your home.
So,if you want to do something radically different to your current plumbing arrangement, it could well be an expensive job. On the other hand, flexible piping has made a big difference to plumbing possibilities and, if plumbing is not your profession, then as long as you consult an expert you may be able to achieve the design of your dreams without it costing a fortune.
Dealing with pipework
Even though flexible pipework can make bathroom design a bit easier,you must work out where the pipes will go as a result of the layout you’ve chosen, and then plan how to hide away the elements that don’t need to be seen. That is where a plumbing professional can be of help to you because understanding how pipework functions and what access may be needed if anything goes wrong or requires maintenance is vital. It’s more than a bit tricky if you’ve designed a fabulously beautiful bathroom only to find there’s no easy way to clear a blocked drain or identify and remedy another plumbing problem.
Let’s assume you have agreed on the ideal layout for your purposes, whether you are creating an intimate en suite facility or a larger, shared family bathroom. Before you take the final decisions about the positioning of fittings, consider the importance of both natural and artificial lighting in your bathroom. Like kitchens, bathrooms benefit from cheerful,upbeat lighting, so make the most of your window spaces and consider installing plenty of brightly shining, recessed lights in your bathroom ceiling.
Fashions in bathroom design change just as they do for living spaces and bedrooms, so look for some trends that are likely to last when you decide on surfaces and finishes. It has to be said that tiles, although they’ve been around for many decades, are being supplanted today by alternatives such as panels and faux marble. Panels in stone resin have become particularly popular as they’re hygienic and you won’t need to spend the same amount of time cleaning them as, for example, the grouting between tiles. Faux marble has taken bathroom design by stormbecause it is stain resistant and non-porous, plus it comes in a variety of patterns, just like the real thing. In fact, real marble can be problematic in bathrooms when it comes to resisting water and stains, whereas faux marble performs better in all respects.
So, with your warranty protection in place, your layout finalized, your pipework rationalized, and the lighting and finishes chosen, the final items to consider include whatever theme or genre you want your bathroom to reflect. That will affect your decisions about colors and the style of your fittings, particularly washbasins and baths. This is such a personal element that no one should decide for you. Instead, think of what might suit your home, and then go for what works for you. That might be vintage/heritage, contemporary or mid-century, or maybe you will end up inventing your own style and creating a unique bathroom.